Category Archives: Hervey Bay


Sustainable IndustryThe Fraser Coast Regional Council keeps forcing expensive MASTER PLANS for ‘Hervey Bay’ on ALL Fraser Coast rate payers to build infrastructure we don’t currently need or want, in the hope people will move to the Fraser Coast Region:

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN $52 MILL+ – I’m still waiting on confirmation from Council on whether the Nikenbah as the preferred location went out for Community Consultation ….
25.6% of Fraser Coast families with children Sustainable Industry 2under 15 years have no parent employed plus 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage, these are direct quotes emailed from the CEO when seeking signatures for her prewritten letters of support for the sports precinct. So therefore let’s force parents to drive out of town with the rising cost of petrol & Sports Clubs to move out there too against their will? If it’s needed in 20 years time just build it then, not now, especially while there are people living without basic needs, or proper kerb and drainage on rural roads

– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN is not suited to our socio-demographic
More than 50% of the region is overweight or obese. Type two diabetes also rose by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years, and we have a 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

Is not suited to our quiet seaside lifestyle. If we wanted 20 storey buildings [to block our view] we would live at the Gold Coast. Council spent $8 MILL which included removing the foreshore trees and vegetation for views, they are now spending $7.2 MILL trying to combat the erosion they created, plus now they have whipped up another FORESHORE MASTER PLAN to spend $25 MILL including removing more trees …. the mind boggles. Council calls this beautification, I call it sheer incompetence and a major waste of rate payer money. Is Maryborough going to be forced to have a section of 20 storey buildings in their CBD? Then the whole region can begin to look like the Gold Coast ….Does Maryborough even get a Master Plan or just some pavers?

Eat Street, Vibrant Lane, New Council Chambers … Perhaps the New Council Chambers should be out at Susan River, half way, less petrol and travel for staff and residents, creating more quality of life and more time spent with families. Perhaps we could make that 20 storeys and attract some government departments to create jobs …. ???

– ALL MASTERPLANS are not suited to our economy / rate payers financial situations
$4.3 million gambled on pokies and this was only for the month of March, the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015, increased petrol, water and electricity costs, second highest rates in QLD, 37% rate rise since last election?

People will not move here when there are NO JOBS! No matter what view you create or what new infrastructure.

This build and they will come ideology is out of touch, senseless, wastes our rates and is slowly crippling the whole region. Council should stop sitting back and forcing rate payers to support their poor choices … approving endless housing developments just to bleed us dry and suck out more rates, it’s ludicrous when there are NO JOBS and the majority of the community is currently struggling!

We need to utilise, build, create and introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, trains that run on wind energy, organic farms, medical marijuana; industries that are forever sustainable and once we have provided jobs for our own, then the people will come. These products can be exported nationally and internationally.

This will lower rates, by making things more affordable.
Imagine if all the Fraser Coast 9,000 Ergon street lights were run from turbines, there’s a $4.7mill+ saving straight up. ‘Affordability Attracts People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!
Attracting more people here in the short term just increases the unemployment percentage, creating long term enjoyable jobs for the residents already here will create change, excitement plus inject money into the community through more local spending!

If the Council can create staffed companies like Fraser Coast Opportunities, surely they can create several new industries and companies to create jobs? You know, ones that actually make a profit and benefit the community. 2013 / 2014 Council Budget – $500,000 for funding of Fraser Coast Opportunities ….

Imagine a Council that had the foresight and drive to create massive long term profit, then used it to keep rates and costs down, to build infrastructure, to create more jobs, to create more industries, to inject money back into the community …. a self funding Council? These successful systems and processes could then be on sold to other Councils for implementation. The Fraser Coast could lead the way to revolutionise the rest of Australia!

Well that’s my thinking ….
Welcome to the ‘SUSTAINABLE FRASER COAST’, where our people and transparency are paramount plus we also love to Excel and Specialise in Tourism; being Maryborough’s Heritage & Hinterland, Hervey Bay’s Whales & World Heritage listed Fraser Island!”

– Jeanette Maynes | Scarness

Ps Readers: Sorry if any of my statistics or figures are out a fraction I have repeatedly asked the Council CEO for all relevant specific financials, figures and documentation to be supplied as I cannot find what I require on the Council website, alot of the website information is five years old or more. This is the reply I received, it appears one has to pay for information, with 550 staff what ever happened to customer service:
“As previously advised you may find any publicly available information on Councils web site including financials, annual report, budget. Should you seek information that is not publicly available you may submit a right for information application. ” – Lisa Desmond | Chief Executive Officer

$54 Million Sports Precinct ‘OPPOSING’ letter

Sign the Opposing Petition Here!

Earlier this week on Wednesday Lisa Desmond the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) sent an email out titled “Letter of Support – Fraser Coast Sports Precinct “ for the $54 Million Sports Precinct Brochure coupled with a letter of information and a ‘letter of support’ to community leaders, organisations and key stakeholders for them to sign in support?

As we live in a democratic society; I believe it is only fair and just that the people have a say in response to the CEO’s request, so Jannean Dean and I have composed a letter so that you the community FCRC (Fraser Coast Regional Community)  / rate payers paying for this have an option of signing an ‘OPPOSING’ letter.

My report on the Sports Precinct from the last Council meeting I went to in Hervey Bay (WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2015):
“Cn George Seymour recently queried at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 which sporting clubs wanted to move to this area. The CEO waffled on and refused to answer. George asked four times till it was revealed the only clubs that were spoken to and would consider moving are Netball and Football (Soccer).
Every other club on the Fraser Coast will be forced to move. All sporting Club’s satellite hub buildings are going to cost each little club between $300K – $450K! Cn Trevor McDonald and Cn James Hansen both agreed, no one wants to move out there.
FCRC recommended business like the RSL and / or Boat Club to manage the satellite hubs – They would then have complete say as they have management rights, therefore to me they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!!! I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+
It seems our sports grounds are so great the 2015 Junior State Cup Touch Football Carnival thinks they are suitable for STATE LEVEL events every year. Why would FCRC need to spend millions of dollars on a new one?
The rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.”


Did you know? (Quite Alarming Stats emailed direct from the CEO)

• 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
• 25.6% of families with children under 15 years have no parent employed.
• the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015.
• from 2011 to 2036, the population for Fraser Coast is projected to increase from 97,661 persons to 146,602 with significant growth anticipated in the 0 – 10 years age group.
(I asked for evidence of where this stat / figure came from but the CEO emailed she was declining to answer)
• the region ranks among the worst three areas in Queensland for obesity and smoking, and among the worst for cancer deaths – the region has a 32% higher obesity and 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.

These stats directly confirm what an irrational, uneconomical, nonviable community expense and clearly further demonstrates how out of touch the Council is with our community …..!


My speech & some images from the day:
In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese which includes 50% of the Fraser Coast being overweight or obese.

Therefore being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’ve organised today’s ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO to raise awareness, promote prevention and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast! Please note: Audience participation is compulsory!

I have written and published a ‘4 Week Program’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle, which will is available at the Zumba stall as I hope to revolutionise the Fraser Coast! I find the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic very serious and am working towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign with the help of other like minded professionals!

This event would not be possible without the Awesome support of Karen Chatfield the site manager and the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts​ who generously gave us one of their open mike days for the event, covered the insurance plus all stall fees have been donated back to them for their support of this fun day.

I would like extend a huge thanks to Katie form Z Club Dance Fitness for kindly providing the use of her awesome sound equipment for the day, plus she will be doing some high energy zumba for us to participate in also!

I would like to thank my Fraser Coast Fitness & Health friends, where are you, hand up ladies, if you have any questions today just ask the girls. We also go for a walk every Wednesday at 6:30am with Cheryl from the Torquay Jetty to the pier return and all are welcome to join us.

A massive thank you to the Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills, tools and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun with maximum audience participation! There are stalls, performances, talks and demos including and on – Bio-aging, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Crossfit, Gyms, Meditation, Yoga, Face Painting, Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Tennis, Burlesque & Fitness Demos plus heaps more.

We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and they have a stall with more info. I would also like to mention that Climbmax the rock wall here is donating 10% of their profits from today to Bayside so make sure you have a climb!

We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!

Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!



Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!


‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO!


Being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’m very proud to announce I’ve organised the ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! This will be an Exciting day of stalls, demos & performances to raise awareness and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!
An Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun at Scarness park with maximum audience participation, so wear something comfy and save the date, Sunday 16th of August!
There will be performances, talks and demos including / on –  Bio-aging , Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Crossfit, Burlesque & Fitness Demos.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and selling their artwork.
– 6:30am 10km CHALLENGE! Free Run or Walk. Scarness Park to the Pier return!
– 10am – 2pm FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! Scarness Park / Stage.
I may have a couple of stall spaces left and three 15min performance spaces in the afternoon if anyone would like to join the team! If you would like to register interest in future events please inbox or email me at

Kind regards
Jeanette Maynes
Personal Trainer / Life Coach
Author of the 4 Week Program – Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan –
Artwork donated by Design House –

Proudly Showcasing:
4 Week Program​
Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator”​
Design House​
Bayside Transformations​
Hervey Bay Council for the Arts​
Fraser Coast Fitness & Health​
Virgos Natural Therapies​
ZUMBA FRASER COAST – ZClub Dance Fitness​
Flaming Sands Bellydance
Shades of Inspiration​
Khachodling Dakini Sanctuary​
ClimbMax Hervey Bay​
KB CrossFit​
Twenty Four Hour Gym​
Oceanside Hair & Beauty​
Anytime Fitness Hervey Bay​
Diamond Dolls Burlesque Dancers – Hervey Bay​
Your Best Fit – Nutrition, Fitness & Fertility​
Nefertiti Dance
Rhee Taekwondo Fraser Coast​
Moksha Raw Organic Skin Food

81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River, September 2008

Lindsay TitmarshI recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!

Lindsay Titmarsh Mary & SusanLindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!

To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.

He has also published another book being:

Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.

Lindsay TitmarshRead more in full here of Lindsay’s massive effort and Erica’s report here!

Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”



Fraser Coast Fitness & Health Speech – by Jeanette Maynes (Personal Trainer & Life Coach)

Last Sunday I spoke at a community meeting on different topics to highlight the concerns of the Fraser Coast people in relation to different levels of government and different issues, organised by 2016 Council Candidate Jannean Dean.

Thank you for organising the talk Jannean, I’m still excited about all the things I learned, I thought it was successful and informative plus I met lots of passionate people.

I spoke in relation to obesity on the Fraser Coast and learnt lots of exciting and interesting information on a variety of community issues and topics, it was a very interesting day.

– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk

My Speech:

In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese.

The 2014 fifth report from the Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young clearly states obesity is arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century.

It reads the evidence is clear that obesity is fuelling the prevalence of other chronic diseases, some of which can’t be turned back. Conditions like stroke, hypertension, heart attack, some cancers and a rapid escalation of type 2 diabetes.

In 2008 Obesity was recognised as a national priority. If the current upward trend continues, there will be about three million Queenslanders overweight or obese by 2020. 2 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 children are measured as overweight or obese. Obese adults were twice as likely as those of healthy weight to report poorer mental health in 2011–12. In 2015 the Queensland president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Shaun Rudd said the “state emergency” of obesity was costing the state economy more than $11.6 billion every year. Dr Rudd said more education was needed to lower the alarming rates of obesity across the state. “What was used to be called the smart state we now call ourselves the fat state,” he said.

It is estimated that about 124,000 hospitalisations (6.7%) in Queensland were associated with overweight and obesity in 2011–12.

In 2014 University of Adelaide research showed there is more than 45,000 overweight and obese people living on the Fraser Coast. That was 46.3%, of the region’s 99,000 residents at that time. A massive 30% of those Fraser Coast residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure.

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group when I called a meeting with my friends to launch the concept of ‘Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast.’

I have written and published a ‘4 WEEK PROGRAM’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle.

In June 2015 we rebranded to the simple, fresh & easy to remember Fraser Coast Fitness & Health‘ (FCFH No more long name, it’s easy to remember, soothing new logo and colours, new activities, new goals and new free fitness timetable.)

We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!

Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!

We often share for free our enthusiasm, motivation, skills, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences on this amazing journey!

We have a facebook page ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ that shares fitness news and events on the Fraser Coast plus we will be holding a free Fitness & Health Expo in Scarness park on Sunday the 16th of August from 10am – 2pm that I am currently organising. My next FREE 10km Community Challenge will also be on this date leaving at 6:30am from Scarness Park.

I would love for the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build fitness & tourist icons such as a rock pool, outdoor gyms, huge sets of stairs, more community gardens and open spaces, hiking trails, fitness equipment and bike paths for the residents to utilise. Allocate funding to free community exercise groups and become constantly vocal and proactive within the community about obesity awareness, especially prevention and create ongoing local initiatives. I have spoken to the Mayor a couple of times in relation to this matter but to no avail. As our State government & medical professionals report the obesity rate as arguably the most confronting public health issue of this century and a “state emergency”, why does our Council not take the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic seriously and work towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign?!!

Orchid House – Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Today’s snaps from the Orchid House at the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, only $2.50 to have a look around, money well spent, it was so Magical!


Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!

‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ Tackling Obesity

Proudly Raising Awareness and Actioning Fun, Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!

FCFH Timeline

• 65% of the Fraser Coast’s population is overweight or obese
• 30% of residents are obese which is 32% higher than the QLD state figure
• 19% smoke daily which is 47% higher than the state figure
• 8% hospitalisations are avoidable
• 25% of deaths are avoidable!
[Stats Via Fraser Coast Chronicle]

Rebrand June 2015

Rebrand June 2015

August 2014 saw the launch of Fraser Coast Health and Fitness Community Action Group. Now re-branded to the simple and easy to remember ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health’ (No more tongue twister, soothing new colours, easy to remember, new directions, new activities, new goals & new timetable.)

Good friends Jeanette, Cheryl & Florian are excited about the new direction!

They are a team of passionate people and businesses in the community that are vested in helping others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun, productive and will make them happy and confident! I want to share with you their enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism, qualifications, encouragement, support and life experiences and encourage you to go on this amazing journey with them!

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette & Cheryl

Jeanette is a qualified personal trainer and life coach who is extremely passionate about her fitness, striving for excellence in all aspects of her life, motivating and inspiring others on their journey. She definitely ‘Walks the Talk!”
Jeanette is a published author and has written the “4 Week Program” being a mind, meal and exercise plan that has proven to really work.
Since 2012 Jeanette has been leading people on mountain hikes, free 20km Community hikes on Fraser Island and free monthly 10km challenges in Hervey Bay (run or walk).
Her next 10km Challenge is on Saturday the 4th of July starting at Scarness Car Park at 6am. All welcome, take the Challenge, or go half way and do 5km!

Cheryl Virgo is a qualified natural therapies & massage therapist plus life coach with 15 years experience specialising in energy work.
Cheryl takes a free 6.5 km beach walk from Torquay Jetty to the Pier return each Wednesday at 6 am. All are welcome and you will experience the most magical sunrises on the East Coast! Cheryl is also excited about being “The Leader of the Pack” with her new 3 km “Dog Walks” on a Monday and Friday starting at Cafe Cavour on the Esplanade opposite Crown street.

Florian Fitzek is currently working away but is looking forward to getting back to the bay for work and firing up his free training business again!

For more info on local fitness news and events please like and follow the Fraser Coast Fitness and Health Facebook page HERE! 


Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit

15 NikonI’ve finally bought a good beginners camera to further my interest in photography being a – Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit, with wifi and gps.

Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!

Turia Pitt Motivational Talk

On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!

She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.

Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, and 60 Minutes]


Deputy Mayor Complaint letter by D.G.Barrowcliffe

Fraser Coast Regional Council Deputy Mayor

Fraser Coast Regional Council unlawfully elected Councillor Robert Garland to the position of Mayor on 6 May 2015 by failing to comply with the lawful requirements of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012.

As a consequence I have made a formal complaint shown below in its entirety to the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning on 15 May 2015.

It remains to be seen whether Minister Jackie Trad follows the actions of her predecessor David Crisafulli and does nothing about the complaints of non- compliance of the Local Government Act by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.   Will she discharge her legislated responsibilities and take action against the Council?

RE: Formal complaint concerning Fraser Coast Regional Council

I wish to make a formal complaint concerning breaches and non-compliance of the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2010 by the CEO Lisa Desmond, James Cockburn Acting Director Community & Development Services, the Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell and councillors, James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland and Stuart Taylor.

On Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) held Ordinary Meeting No.6. Item 10.2 on the agenda was the review of the position of Deputy Mayor and the call for nominations. Two resolutions, one for the position of Deputy Mayor to be declared vacant and one calling for nominations for a new Deputy Mayor, both resolutions being carried unanimously (Doc1).

Councillor Light moved and Councillor Truscott seconded a resolution “If more than 1 nominee, a secret preferential ballot be conducted to determine the new incumbent to the position of Mayor”. The resolution was carried unanimously. Two nominations were received, one for Councillor Everard and one for Councillor Garland. A secret ballot was conducted by the CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Service James Cockburn. The ballot resulted in Councillor Garland obtaining a majority of votes, the number of which were not disclosed. A resolution was moved by Councillor Everard and seconded by Councillor Taylor that Councillor Garland be appointed to the position of Deputy Mayor. The motion was carried unanimously. (Doc2) (Doc4)

In the Fraser Coast Chronicle on Wednesday, 6 May 2015, published and circulated before the Council meeting were two articles, one headed “Deputy voted behind closed doors” and one “Councillors vote behind closed doors”. One of the articles correctly named the two nominations and correctly identified Councillor Garland being elected Deputy Mayor behind a closed door meeting held on Monday 4 May 2015, TWO DAYS before the open Council Meeting. The other article raises the matter of probity and transparency of Council meetings and decision making (Doc3)

The two articles clearly indicate that decisions were made behind a closed door meeting held on the Monday prior to the Ordinary Council meeting. The meetings are referred to as an “Executive Briefings” The meetings are attended by the CEO Lisa Desmond and other staff members and all councillors. The term “Executive Briefing” is to circumvent the requirements of the CEO Lisa Desmond to comply with Section 272(1) (2) (4) (a) Local Government Regulation 2012. It is a well-known practice of the council to conduct business in this manner which has been previously stated to me personally by 3 councillors on three different occasions. In this particular matter it has been evidenced in writing and published before the council meeting. This provides evidence that there was a structured and unrecorded meeting where a vote was taken in secret.

Under council Standing Orders the CEO Lisa Desmond is responsible for providing agendas for meetings. The meeting as reported in the Fraser Coast Chronicle held on Monday 4 May 2015 where a decision was made and a vote taken was done in contravention of Section 277 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Local Government Regulation 2012 Public Notice of Meeting.

The community assumes and expects that if the CEO Lisa Desmond was, as required under Section 194 (2) Local Government Act A person is qualified to be the chief executive officer if the person has the ability, experience, knowledge and skills that the local government considers appropriate having regards to the responsibilities of a chief executive officer she would or should have known that the resolution proposed by Councillor Light and seconded by Councillor Trustcott was not in compliance with Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010. She should have, or would have known that a secret ballot where the voting is not disclosed as to what number of councillors voted for each candidate that Section 260 (2) (b) (c) (d) could not be complied with. Likewise, it would be assumed that James Cockburn, in the executive position as the Acting Director of Community Development Services would have known that a secret vote was in breach of Section 260 (2) (a) Local Government Regulation 2010(Doc5)

At a Council meeting No.6 held on Wednesday 7 May 2014 a resolution was passed 9 votes to 2 that a secret ballot be conducted should more than one person be nominated for the position of Deputy Mayor. On that occasion there was only one nomination so the secret ballot was not conducted. Regardless, it proves the point that councillors do propose secret ballots in the full knowledge and support of the CEO Lisa Desmond. (Doc7)

The manner in which Councillor Robert Garland was elected was in contravention of Section 260 (2) (a) (b) (c) (d). Local Government Regulation 2010, therefore his appointment is illegal and has no effect. He is not entitled to any additional remuneration as prescribed for a person who is the Deputy Mayor.

The CEO Lisa Desmond and the Acting Director Community & Development Services James Cockburn have breached Section 4 (2) (a) (d) (e) Local Government Act 2009 (Local Government Principles), and Section 13 (b) (i) (ii) (c) (d) (e) (h) Local Government Act 2009.

The Mayor Councillor Gerard O’Connell, and Councillors James Hansen, Phil Trustcott, Chris Loft, Daniel Sanderson, Rolf Light, Trevor McDonald, Darren Everard, Robert Garland, Stuart Taylor and George Seymour, have all by their conduct breached Section 4 (2) (a) (e) (Local government Principles), Section 12 (1) (3) (a) (i) (b) (d) and Section 176 (1) (a) (3) (a) (b) (i) (ii) Local Government Act 2009.

As a consequence of the conduct of the CEO Lisa Desmond I sent an email to her concerning the election of the Deputy Mayor to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 9)

I also sent an email to all councillors and the Mayor Gerard O’Connell to which I have yet to receive acknowledgement or response (Doc 8)

On Saturday 9 May 2015 a letter which I had written (edited) was published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle concerning the appointment of the Deputy Mayor (Doc 6)

Because of the breaches and non-compliance with the Local Government Act 2009 the Minister for Local Government has to act in accordance with Section 113 (1), (2) and 3 (b). Should the Minister not act she will be in breach of Section 4 (1) (a) (b) (i) (ii) and be answerable to the Parliament for her actions.

As it is a matter of record that you have previously failed on complaint to take action against the CEO Lisa Desmond and various councillors a copy of this correspondence will be sent to Bruce Saunders the Member for Maryborough with a request that he forwards it to the Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad directly for her information.

List of document in attached file. – HERE

  1. Copy of front page of Council minutes dated 6 May 2015 (Doc1)
  2. Page 6 of Council minutes (Doc2)
  3. Two articles in Fraser Coast Chronicle 6 May 2015(Doc3)
  4. Article in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 May 2015 (Doc 4)
  5. Letters to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 7 & 8 May 2015(Doc 5)
  6. Letter to the editor in Fraser Coast Chronicle 9 May 2015 (Doc6)
  7. Page 4 of Council minutes dated 7 May 2014(Doc7)
  8. Email dated 8 May 2015 to all councillors (Doc 8)
  9. Email dated 7 May 2015 to CEO Lisa Desmond (Doc 9)

Yours sincerely




9The DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION ON FILE is confirmed in writing from the CEO as being NON – COMPLIANT and pursuant to a clause they chose to “exercise their right” and deem it as acceptable.
The correct Building Conditions WERE NOT in the AGENDA VOTED ON by Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting on the 25th of March 2015. Council has twice DOCTORED THE BUILDING CONDITIONS / RECORDS OF THE ORDINARY MEETING MINUTES that they NOW are NOT A TRUE & CORRECT RECORD AND DO NOT CORRESPOND WITH THE DECISION NOTICE. The CEO also gave herself permission to waver the Public Tender / Expressions of Interest Process on the adjoining lease (someone else in the community may have liked to put a little cafe next door).
I have emailed the CEO more questions today and expressed that as a rate payer I am NOT happy to pay the wage of town planners that do not do the job they are employed to do and am alarmed they do not make sure Development Applications meet mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland..
If I was a Councillor I would be refusing to VOTE for anything that was NON – COMPLIANT like Councillors James Hansen, Trevor McDonald & George Seymour did.
How can a NON COMPLIANT Development Application that CONFLICTS with all of the attached from the Fraser Coast Planning Scheme 2014 be in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009?
With TWO Independent Town-Planner Reports submitted AGAINST the NON – COMPLIANT Development Application clearly stating it is not safe or appropriate to build there, the CEO, Council Town Planners & some Councillors choose to declare it “otherwise”
Other correspondence with FCRC has stated that – “The Fraser Coast Shoreline Management Options Assessment Report highlights the long term changes that the Fraser Coast will face along its shoreline. The influences of a receding shoreline and rising sea levels indicate that demand for capital and operation management will increase over time.”

More info here & here.


A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our Latin dance day! Fun times! Thank you Lupita!!! & Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!!!

Salsa Group
L.A.D Studio – Latin Dance
Zumba Caliente Fraser Coast
Design House

Sat 30th May 2015 With Lupita, Ana & Jeanette!

Just do the workshop, or the cruise, or both, the Choice is yours!
HURRY email for payment details: Workshop & Cruise May 2015 FINAL

Fraser Island Marathon “The run so good they had to ban it!”

UPDATE: Letter John Glaister | Director-General (Seems the Minister has passed my questions even higher).
Obviously there is no ‘Fraser Island Marathon’ event now and no permit, but on the upside it appears one could still possibly enjoy running on the Island at their own leisure and own choice of whether there is a ‘personal safety risk’ keeping in mind the dingo safety rules, whether they are in a dingo prone area or not & most importantly ‘stick to groups’!!


Director general


Fraser Island Marathon you tube

DO NOT REMOVE MEMORIAL HALL – ‘Historical Significance’

– Awesome Video by Mark Norfolk


Please sign the petition here!

Please Sign & Share this petition against demolishing or moving the historic Main St Memorial Hall & Railway Station. So many of us do our exercise in this awesome hall!

“The hall was dedicated to the Old and New Diggers in 1941 and should remain in Freedom Park as the Returned Soldiers wanted it to be a benefit to the Community.” – Delma Taylor

“Possibly dates to 1906. The Burrum Divisional Board was formed in 1880. In 1905 the Board disbanded and a new Pialba Shire Council was formed. The council purchased land at Main Road and Torquay Road from Jocumsens for £80 and in 1906 Queensland Cabinet voted £300 towards construction of the shire hall. It was built by Ashton Nelson. In 1917 the Pialba Shire Council was replaced by the Burrum Shire Council. The building was moved in 1941 to its present locality for use as a dance hall and theatre.”

PIALBA’S NEW HALL FINE MEMORIAL TO DIGGERS – Officially Opened by State President Mr. R. D. Huish (Maryborough Chronicle Wed Dec 24 1941.)
Full story here!

Locals Protest against moving the Hall, Fraser Coast Chronicle here!

My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

Sent: Sunday, 12 April 2015 6:55 PM
To: ‘Lisa Desmond’

Hi Lisa,

Could you please explain why the Ordinary Meeting No.04 Minutes – 250315 and next Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 150415 to be approved by Council on Wed 15th April 2015, DO NOT reflect the approved Ordinary Meeting No.04 Agenda – 250315; that is on the Council website and was printed out in folders at the Council meeting on the day for public viewing?

Could you also explain how a development application with no provisions for separate Water Supply (for council staff to read the meter), Telecommunications, Electricity etc meets the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a ‘properly made’ development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland?

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Agenda – 250315:

Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 Minutes – 250315:

• These are the Conditions / hours approved at the meeting in the Council agenda on page 182 & 150?


Now the minutes has completely different conditions / hours ???
As there was absolutely no discussion about a change of hours, how does the minutes then not reflect the agenda conditions?


• 147 of the agenda
Vehicle Access
#16 is missing from the minutes


• page 147 of the agenda
Water Supply
#20 is missing from the meeting


• p. 147 of the agenda
Sewer Reticulation
# 23 missing from the minutes


• p. 147 of the agenda
No Telecommunications in the minutes

• p.148
No Electricity in the Minutes



EMAIL to Rolf Light, James Hansen, Trevor McDonald, Lisa Desmond, Gerard O’Connell, George Seymour
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:41 AM

Hi George,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to this ….

If you had to look into it, means you didn’t know the development conditions had changed either.

James said he would ask it too, which depicts he didn’t know the conditions had changed either from the agenda

Therefore I don’t feel any of the Councillors had any idea which conditions they were actually voting on at the last Ordinary Meeting No.4 on Wednesday the 25th of March.

I don’t feel the last Council Ordinary Meeting motion or minutes can be passed or have followed correct legal local government procedure or the new conditions meet the requirements of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

I spoke for five minutes and mentioned the hours of operation new closing time of 11pm six days a week as per the agenda at the last meeting, and not one councillor or staff member present knew to mention it was now changed to another new closing time of midnight seven days a week as per the apparent new amended development conditions that were not made available before the meeting and altered in the minutes after the meeting?

Not one single person (CEO, Mayor, Councillors & Directors) in that meeting knew or mentioned the agenda on the website was incorrect, with false development conditions being portrayed to objectors and the public at large, nor were Councillors advised of this before voting.

You would think it would be a mandatory local government requirement to have exact, correct and current agenda details on their website?

Kind regards

Jeanette Maynes

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My notes from Council Ordinary Meeting No.05 – 150415

11139407_824822060935956_1587495872286353496_nStuart Taylor
– I have to make everyone aware someone is recording in the gallery (that was me filming on my phone)

Jeanette Maynes
– Is there an actual rule against that?

Stuart Taylor
– yes in the standing order.

George Seymour
– What section of the standing order were you relying on to say there is no recording allowed?

Stuart Taylor
– Couldn’t find a standing order.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– confirmed there was no such standing order but in the public participation documentation it is noted the chairman’s permission should be sought. Even the media are suppose to ask permission each meeting apparently.

Mayor Gerard O’Connell
– stated permission should be sought to record

Jeanette Maynes
– therefore I asked the Mayor if I could make the request and the councillors vote yes or no on this as to whether I could film this section like the media are able to do

Mayor Gerard O’Connell put forward a motion for the Councillors to vote on that I be allowed to record the meeting which was moved by George Seymour and seconded by James Hanson.
– I lost my motion 8 / 3 (Seymour, Hanson, Truscott in favour) to film the section of the Council meeting where Council was addressing why the ‘Minutes’ of the last ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to why Enzo’s building development conditions had been altered / doctored from the ‘Agenda’ that the Councillors had voted upon and was printed in front of them at the meeting.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Tabling of a report for rectification of the public records. Lisa presented a copy of a report stating that it should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas of the last Ordinary meeting No.4 in relation to ENZO’s DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION – MCU-141028 Conditions. Council then decided to table the correct development conditions excluded from the Agenda on the 25th of March at this meeting on the 15th of April. Lisa mentioned a Jamie Coburn emailed the councillors on the 23rd in relation to the changed development conditions.

Trevor McDonald
– Mentioned it is a public embarrassment, but supported Council

Stuart Taylor
– I was not sure what he was on about mentioning to further alter headers and footers

George Seymour
– mentioned that the copy of a report tabled by the CEO today was not attached to an email by a Jamie Coburn and today was the first time he had ever seen it. He stated he felt it was specifically produced for today’s purposes and by tabling this with the amended minutes Council would be trying to imply they received this new conditions report on the 23rd before the meeting, which they didn’t.

CEO Lisa Desmond
– Clarified the additional report tabled was not sent in an email to the Councillors by a Jamie Coburn on the 23rd before the meeting but should have been included in the official agenda

Chris Loft
– said that when voting at the last meeting he knew about the new amended midnight closing time and was not comfortable with it and would have preferred the 11pm time, stating he is not happy as he would like people in bed earlier. Contradicting and confirming that he was not aware of the change to the development conditions that he voted on at the previous meeting or he would have mentioned this concern at the time to be recorded in the minutes.

After the tabling of this magically appeared report, there was another motion in relation to the ‘Minutes’ of the ordinary meeting on the 25th of March as to whether it was a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting and the motions passed. Obviously there is no way it could be as the CEO confirmed that the copy of a report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the meeting and was not voted upon.

George Seymour
– Spoke again against the motion stating this is the first time he has ever seen this report / document tabled by the CEO, stating it did not go into the public agenda on the website, did not go out in printed form, did not go in the agenda available to the public on the day and was not in the application used to read the agenda.
Nobody referred to this apparent email on the 23rd during the Council meeting before voting.
He believed he was voting on the agenda in front of him on the day as there was never an agenda produced with the additional report.
Nobody moved to included the changes in this additional report to the minutes, an example being not closing till midnight and reaffirmed this was not the agenda presented to the Councillors.

James Hansen
– stated he would be voting against the motion, saying he felt uncomfortable voting this as a true and accurate record as it was not the hard copy agenda in front of him at the Council meeting that he voted on, even though he had seen an email.

Motion was passed 8 / 2
George Seymour and James Hansen against.
Rolf Light abstained as he was not present at the previous Council Meeting.

Even though the CEO said in front of all Councillors and those in the public gallery that the copy of the building conditions report that should have been included in the hard copy, electronic & public agendas was not at the Ordinary meeting on the 25th of March therefore it was not voted upon plus even tabling and having a motion passed for rectification of the public records to say this report was to now be added as an adjustment to the minutes.
Eight Councillors (Cr Gerard O’Connell – Mayor, Cr Phil Truscott, Cr Chris Loft, Cr Daniel Sanderson, Cr Trevor McDonald, Cr Darren Everard, Cr Robert Garland, Cr Stuart Taylor) decided to vote for the motion that the ‘Minutes’ were a true and correct record of the conduct of that meeting, even though they didn’t vote on the correct report in the hard copy agenda in front of them on the day and the CEO did not provide it till yesterday?

Yep WOW and these people are the ones making decisions that affect us all on the Fraser Coast, and the future of the Hervey Bay erosion prone foreshore.

By the end of the Ordinary meeting Darren Everard requested the CEO Lisa Desmond to look into video streaming all Council Meetings.

A big thanks to George Seymour and James Hansen it is a really powerful experience and instils hope to watch men speak up with such honesty and integrity.

I would have loved for the Fraser Coast Community and the Ombudsman to have seen this video, I did try!


Do Not Move the Memorial Hall & Railway Station!

“Met a great man this morning; Kenneth Hall who spoke to Council with passion and common sense regarding the Memorial Hall and Station. Let’s hope the Council not only listened but heard his words of wisdom.
Memorial Hall was moved in 1941 to its current location because of flood waters. He spoke with John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch by phone to put our case to him.
John Kelsey President RSL Sub Branch agreed with Council the Freedom Hall should go to give more open spacers “Not a word when he was told that many of Hervey Bay Soldiers and Navy use the Hall for weddings, farewells and parties when they return. But he did say it was not Heritage Listed and that was that.”
Memorial Hall was for the return service men and woman and the people of Hervey Bay it was our town Hall as well.
Author Ken Hall:
Update 16.04.2015:
I have just had a call advising the Hervey Bay RSL is right behind Council with the removal of our valued landmarks. It appears the RSL has known about this for some time and wanting it removed or ‘dismantled’ to make way for further statues and monuments. The cost of moving the hall will cost too much money so it might seem the buildings will be demolished. Further to this the RSL is buying up properties all around Hervey Bay and some months back even took over the kitchen at the Golf Club. I have also been told the RSL are wanting to take over the building in Torquay Road and stop the community groups from utilising this space. This may also be demolished. My concern is the transparency and openness from the RSL and Council on these buildings. Why is it all such secret squirrel business? Why can’t we be told the complete truth? If they are not going to demolish these buildings then where will they be relocated? The timber floors are made from trees from Fraser Island, so will it be damaged when being moved? It certainly won’t be able to be replaced.”
Jannean Dean

Hi Ken,
I’ve had a look and it appears it is heritage listed, the RSL has told you a fib.
Kind regards Jeanette

Pialba Railway Station HERE!   Pialba Memorial Hall HERE!   


Fraser Coast Regional Council Meeting – Enzo’s Development Application Speech

Hi Guys, if you would like an awesome test of your self confidence and self esteem levels I suggest you engage in the wonderful opportunity to do a speech before the Fraser Coast Regional Council on important community matters. You will be given five minutes so will have to rush and speak quick, have a bell rung if you dare to go over, you will be made to stand down the back of the room, given no microphone unlike the Councillors and have to yell. Councillors will have their backs to you, there will be no level of common courtesy, they will be on their ipads, laptop, smart phones, or writing, no one will look at you and then the the Mayor will dismiss you if you go over time (6:05mins for me, PB!).  Take the challenge I dare you, all members of the public / rate payers that make a speech are treated like this. The time for speeches was changed to before the media arrives to avoid their knowledge of community concerns plus there are no minutes taken so that Council does not have to respond, answer, acknowledge or address your concerns. Oh and an added bonus is you even get to pay their wage ….!

Thank you to Jannean Dean and the gentlemen in the front row of the public gallery that commended my speech, research and information.
I also sat next to a gentleman named Allan who was really nice and very well informed on local matters, we had a good laugh and discussion. He showed me an awesome picture of a prize stud bull he had raised it was huge for only 17 months old and weighs 900kg!
The bull is named Lower Tully James Kenniff, Allan names all of his stud animals after bushrangers, this guy operated around the Rockhampton in the late 1800s to 1901.
Allan also gave me some images of his complaint where he caught council staff dumping rubbish / tree loppings in the bush, then they had to come and remove it again when busted, talk about double handling at rate payer expense.

speechThere  was some other very interesting & amusing happenings at the meeting …

The Mayor wanted to apply and pass his own new motion for Compass Helicopters to fly every holiday and ‘EVERY WEEKEND’ all day (Obviously there has been backdoor negotiations discussed that were not included in the council agenda nor were any other Councillors aware of this)  The Mayor looked quite desperate trying to get his new motion approved with the Compass Helicopters owner sitting  in the gallery – he lost 8 – 2.
Compass Helicopters only have to pay $1040 for exclusive use of the Esplanade, same or less than a personal trainer!!! George Seymour excellently argued why should they have ‘Exclusive Access’ to Community Open Parks  next to a playground for $5 a day and not have to pay airport landing fees like everyone else…..?

Watching George communicate and engage in Council meetings is an absolute  breath of fresh air. He is intelligent, professional, articulates well, keeps to the point and has a very thorough knowledge of Council and Local Government Legislation. I was nearly in hysterics watching the Mayor rolls his eyes every time George corrected the discussion to be in line and reflect the constitution, legislation and correct Council protocols.

The Councillors, town planners & CEO spent nearly half an hour trying to block having the Old Maryborough Township heritage listed as ‘rare’ by George … even though it is the only such site left not only Queensland but the whole of Australia.
Just in case this listing / wording may somehow affect the building development they want to construct on it. A local resident told me the site floods anyway that’s why the residents originally moved from there.

My speech below  ….. 

Good Morning Everyone. As a concerned resident, ratepayer, local business operator, vice president of the Scarness Action Group and chairperson of the Body Corporate representing all the lot owners in the Eden by the Bay Resort located opposite the proposed development site; I would like to speak in relation Enzo’s Development Application. I am extremely concerned current Council Town Planners accepted this development application in the first place due to the fact there were so many documented errors, coupled with Council’s recommendation to vote in approval of this application is extremely flawed and inaccurate.

Allow me to explain some of the reasons why.
Firstly, the application did not meet the mandatory requirements in the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms which are required for a properly made development application on State wide forms used by all local governments in Queensland.  This is validated in writing by Cardno’s Report on page 159 of your Council Agenda where they have put in writing that the Council Town Planners should have requested this mandatory information before accepting the application as being ‘properly made’ and that the lack of comprehensive dimensions hinders the ability of the public and assessment manager to easily understand the scale of the development.

Your attention to page 155 would be appreciated where the applicant, Cardno and your Town Planners have once again breached the mandatory requirements identified on the IDAS forms by again supplying approximant measurements for the utilities, the second storey and the building height. This current application still appears – not to be compliant with IDAS form requirements.

It is alarming that the public were denied the benefit and opportunity of being properly informed by only being supplied the one initial poorly prepared development application to review as well as incorrect information provided by Council staff during the ‘public notification’ period. How is this fair or professional?

  • The applicants, Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to satisfy the planning scheme’s parking requirements. For a development of this size being 667.56m2 there should be more like twenty carparks to meet requirements. This application must be amended to reflect this. We already have severe parking issues at Scarness and this development will further disadvantage the public and existing surrounding businesses on private land.
  • Also, on page 161 Cardno’s assessment states that the proposed building is to be a light weight structure. How will this hold up when Enzo’s own cement boat ramp cracked right through in numerous places. Increasing the scale and intensity of the development on land which forms part of the Coastal Management District and is mapped as erosion prone and subject to storm surge / tide hazard is inconsistent with Council requirements and does not represent a good planning outcome. This may result in even further public funds having to be spent on protecting the development once constructed from adverse coastal influence and the already known current erosion crisis.Building to this scale on this site is just absolutely dangerous and should not even be considered.
  • The applicants; Cardno and Council Town Planners have still failed to demonstrate that there will be no unacceptable noise nuisance to surrounding public areas or private properties nor have they demonstrated that the development will not have an adverse impact on the amenity of the local area and adjoining residents. Cardno falsely reports Enzo’s is 60m from residents.

Enzo’s is roughly 30 metres from caravan residents, 40 meters from the caravan park caretakers, 45 metres from Eden by the Bay Resort and under 60m from neighbouring restaurants. These distances will be less another 4 meters and back to the bike path if the application is approved. With an open rooftop bar, sound cannot be contained or controlled especially with sea breezes. At the resort we can already clearly hear the open microphone sessions on the Scarness stage well over 200meters away.

Before setting the precedent for developments applications on the entire Hervey Bay foreshore I ask you as Councillors elected by the community to be very confident that you are making a responsible and informed decision. The application made available to the public did not provide any indication whatsoever as to the proposed hours of operations.  Upon this being queried council staff confirmed the existing closure at the time of 4pm would remain. Interestingly the Cardo Report has recommended that the approval allow to use and to operate until 11pm. Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sundays  Surely the public should have been made aware of such a proposed closing time 7 hours later than the current use when the application was advertised.  And where did Cardno Report pull those closing times from, they were engaged to review the application not make up times?
This Cardno Report recommends that Council agree to allow operation until 11pm with no supporting noise study recommendations in a two storey lightweight structure with unenclosed decks on a licensed premises and possible amplified music / sound is a very real concern when residential & tourist accommodation is less than 40m away. I can imagine the nonstop complaints to council already!

It appears that Council’s decision to approve the town planning application was or may have been made when negotiating leasing matters with the applicant rather than after the development application was lodged and certainly well before the public was given the opportunity to make submissions.  Perhaps this is why the applicant prepared such a poor and minimal development application and Council did not request any additional information or even require the application to supply mandatory information because the decision to approve the application has already been made before the application was even prepared.  I am seriously disappointed with Council’s handling of this development application.  I know many other people are as well.

The Cardno Report as tabled did not appear as an independent review and was possibly prepared in response to a (verbal) brief from Council staff to cover up the their stuff ups and reinforce an earlier decision to allow the development.

This rooftop bar will directly affect and compromise a pleasant experience for all resort guests, owners and residents. The second storey will significantly alter the current views. It will compromise the absolute right to privacy and the right to a quiet peaceful holiday or lifestyle plus devalue the property. Apartment owners, Scarness business owners and landlords may also incur revenue loss from their investments and sales. The noise pollution will be heard through the entire resort and Scarness foreshore businesses, Caravan Park and restaurants.

Would you like people drinking on a rooftop peering into your private home, resort room, caravan or business till 11pm all year around? Not to mention by the time party goers leave the venue and staff close up; this time will be much closer to midnight. The Beach House hotel even shuts all their doors when they have bands and functions on at night due to imposed noise restrictions.

  • This proposal is inconsistent with the Open Space Zone; which is to provide for the informal active recreation needs of residents and visitors. Land zoned for public use as open space and set aside as an erosion buffer should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.
  • I do not feel your Town Planners Report, nor its recommendation is a clear or accurate representation and had not considered the effects to the community at large. I would like to think that the community can rely on local Council to look after local residents, business persons and ratepayers rather than one business leasing community land and using existing community infrastructure for a proposal with limited community benefit.
  • I would also like to ask George Seymour to please table a further 214 petitions signatures that will be forwarded electronically via email and their views against this development application.

More info on the Development Application here.   Chronicle Article here.

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